Thanks for your prayers. Though the winds still blow and rains still fall, the worst of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) is over. No major trees down. Our electricity remained all the way through, which is somewhat of a small miracle considering it usually gives out in heavy rains. Most especially we are grateful that everyone is alright, that it has passed with minimal structural damage and minimal deaths considering Supertyphoon Haiyan (Yolanda) last year.
I do not wonder why, all of a sudden for no apparent reason, the storm decreased in intensity, or why 1 million people were inspired to evacuate, which drastically reduced the mortalities due to storm surges and fallen debris. Obviously this is due to the power of prayer. Although intercessory prayer is very powerful and crises have a way of rousing people to repent and seek God, equally or even more important is the prayer of thanksgiving.
I invite you now to join our community in thanking God, through the intercession of she who is the Immaculate Conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow, Monday, December 8, 2014.
May God be praised, adored, and glorified, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.